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Important Note: MSN Direct service will only be available through January 1, 2012.
Customers can enjoy the full benefits, features and support of a MSN Direct subscription until that date. Pro-rated refunds for unused portions of subscriptions will be automatically credited by Microsoft after January 1, 2012.

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The Garmin GDB 55 receiver allows you to view MSN Direct information on your Garmin portable navigator. It works with the nüvi 205, 205W, 255, 255W, 265T, 265WT, and 500-Series models to provide access to a wealth of important travel information in most metropolitan areas. You'll see traffic updates, weather reports, area gas prices, movie times, stock trends, news headlines, local events, and many other listings.

You can also use your computer to search and find destinations from the website and send them directly to your navigator. Plan a trip right from your desk in no time at all with MSN Direct.

You can move this receiver easily from vehicle to vehicle, a great feature if you have multiple Garmin navigators. Garmin includes a free one-year subscription to MSN Direct with your GDB 55 purchase.

Product Highlights:

  • MSN Direct receiver with built-in 12-volt power adapter
  • allows reception of MSN Direct to your nüvi in select metropolitan areas
  • free 1-year subscription to MSN Direct with purchase (additional subscription fees apply after free trial)
  • compatible with nüvi 205, 205W, 255, 255W, 265T, 265WT, and 500-Series navigators
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • MSN direct receiver with an attached cigarette lighter adapter plug on a 5.5" cord on one end and an attached 5' cord terminated by mini-USB type-B connector on other end
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  • Instructions (English)
  • Instructions (French)

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Overview: The Garmin MSN Direct Receiver and 12-Volt Power Adapter provides real-time traffic information and power to your compatible Garmin GPS navigation unit. The device plugs into your cigarette lighter or 12-volt power adapter plug of your vehicle and into a proprietary port on your compatible Garmin GPS unit. The Garmin GDB 55 MSN Direct Receiver provides traffic updates, gas prices, weather forecasts, movie listings and stock trends.

MSN Direct Service: MSN Direct is a service that sends traffic reports, gas prices and more to your navigation device through an FM signal. MSN Direct is available in 100 of the largest cities across the United States. By connecting this device to your Garmin GPS unit and with a subscription to MSN Direct, you can check the weather, avoid traffic backups, compare local gas prices and check movie times and locations when you travel. The MSN Direct receiver is integrated within the plug-and-play cigarette lighter adapter, making it easy to connect to your unit when traveling. It can take several hours to receive all the content to your Garmin GPS unit the first time you use it or after you have traveled long distances and after you have not used your Garmin GPS unit and MSN Direct Receiver for several days. There is a non-user replaceable, rechargeable battery in the MSN Direct Receiver that allows it to receive and store updates for several days, even when not connected to external power.

Note: Currently Garmin is offering a free 1-year subscription to MSN Direct with the purchase of this device. After your first trial year, you can choose one of the following options to extend your service.

  • One-Time Payment Plan: The One-Time Payment Plan includes all of the services from the free-trial for a one-time payment of $129.95 plus applicable taxes. Some restrictions apply.
  • Annual Payment Plan: The Annual Payment Plan includes all of the services you came to love during your free year of service for $49.95 plus applicable taxes per year. You may cancel at any time.

Compatibility: The Garmin MSN Direct Receiver and Power Adapter is compatible with the following Garmin GPS units.

  • nüvi 550
  • nüvi 500
  • nüvi 255
  • nüvi 255W
  • nüvi 205
  • nüvi 205W
  • nüvi 265T
  • nüvi 265WT

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